Ghost Town

Synopsis: A spirited romantic comedy, Ghost Town is the story of Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais), a cranky Manhattan dentist who develops the unwelcome ability to see dead people. Really annoying dead people. But, when a smooth-talking ghost (Greg Kinnear) traps Bertram into a romantic scheme involving his widow Gwen (Tea Leoni), they are entangled in a hilarious predicament between the now and the hereafter!
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Ghost Town 7.5

‘Ghost Town’ is yet another Ricky Gervais vehicle – and a more consistent one than ‘The Invention of Lying’. While the latter has some very interesting elements to it, it’s got some pretty weak points and could have been so much more (it’s hard to accept squandered potential, isn’t it?)

However, ‘Ghost Town’, even if it probably wouldn’t initiate any lengthy conversations, is a much more well-conceived film. I found no real weak points to it and it even made efforts to twist what would normally be clichés of this genre of film. The performances were all very good and the dialogue was both intelligent and funny – without scuttling the credibility of any scenes.

The only reason I rate it so low is that it is nothing more than a romantic comedy, in the end. There isn’t anything much more substantial than this and nothing we really haven’t seen before. However, they succeeded on all levels and I would both watch it again and recommend it for some light fun. It’s very enjoyable.

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